Has anyone ever been heard to say, "Let's go see the new . . .
. . . David Niven . . .
. . . movie?"
Obviously, not in the last four decades, but in the four before . . . did anyone see a film because Niven was in it?
John Wayne? Yes, people certainly said, "Let's go see the new John Wayne movie." Cary Grant, Sean Connery, even Jerry Lewis . . . those actors had cachet. Niven didn't. Was he any less talented or charming or evocative? No. But he just didn't have it. And nobody knows why . . . he just didn't.
Same with GP. They just don't have cachet. And nobody truly knows why.